Category Archives: Rev. Osterman’s Blog

In the Interim – May 2017

May 1, 2017
I hope that you have a wonderful Candidating Week (30 April thru 7 May) with Revs. Anya and Scott Sammler-Michael!  I am excited for all of you.  While you are getting to know Revs. Anya and Scott, through Sunday worship...
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In the Interim – April 2017

April 1, 2017
If all goes as planned, and I have every reason to believe that it will, then by the time you read this column, we may well know the identity of the candidate to be your next settled Senior Minister. Having...
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In the Interim – March 2017

March 1, 2017
In sermons over the past year, I’ve shared life lessons learned from SCUBA diving.  One thing I’ve learned is that life is short, precious, and some opportunities only present themselves once; so, say “yes,” if at all possible, when special...
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In the Interim – February 2017

February 1, 2017
Three months from now you should be meeting with the candidate to be your next settled minister (April 30 thru May 7).  At that same time, your Board should have endorsed an operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (1 July...
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In the Interim – January 2017

January 1, 2017
The ancient Romans gave us the name for January.  In the Roman pantheon of dieties, Janus was a two-faced god that looked in opposite directions, both backward and forward.  In his role as Guardian of Exits and Entrances, he was...
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In the Interim – December 2016

December 1, 2016
As a child living in Europe, one of my favorite parts of the winter holiday season was opening a window on the Advent calendar each morning for the four weeks leading up to Christmas day.  In the Christian tradition, Advent...
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In the Interim – November 2016

November 1, 2016
Many of you watched the excellent documentary, “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” about Unitarians Martha and Rev. Waitstill Sharp that aired in September.  The film chronicled the Sharps’ heroic work to help political dissidents and Jews escape Nazi occupied...
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In the Interim – October 2016

October 1, 2016
The new year of congregational life is off to an exciting start!  More than 65 of you participated in the Ministerial Transition Team’s workshop on September 18th.  We reviewed highpoints in UUCM’s history, identified key qualities of the community, catalogued...
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